THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY speaks to Sozita Goudouna, Founding Director of Greece In USA
Greece in USA is a non-profit organization with a global reach that promotes knowledge of contemporary and ancient Greek Culture while fostering international cultural cooperation, experimentation and social engagement. The organization's extensive programming includes commissioned artists' and curators' projects, residencies, educational and ecological initiatives and the commitment to cultivating a sensible culture of innovation and thought leadership.
We are dedicated to offering innovative and unique programs in education and the arts, all exploring the evolving diversity and richness of Greek and Cypriot cultures. The non- profit organization seeks to generate new thinking about the arts and promote cross- cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of creation.
The organization promotes international exchange of practice and knowledge in the arts - visual and sound art, dance, architecture, theatre - research on the methods used in curatorial and performing practices and investigation of points of intersection between the arts, science and the public sphere by means of interventions, collective actions, educational programs and publications.
Greece in USA aims to collaborate and build long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals who actively engage with Greece and its culture and to convey a comprehensive and distinctive representation of Greece and Cyprus by producing cultural and educational programs that encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement.
Our principal goals are:
To shape and envision the image of contemporary Greece in the United States beyond existing stereotypes
To recalibrate the assumed center of Greek national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition.
To transform the way Greek histories are told and produce projects that reflect the vast, rich complexity of Greek culture.
To support Greek inspired cultural practices by welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives
To commission, produce and present contemporary Greek and Cypriot culture that grapple with many of the pressing social and political issues of our time
To foster Greek scholarship and cultural research within the American educational system
To develop a transatlantic network for the exchange of culture and ideas
To strengthen the development of structures in cultural policy & leadership, and foster worldwide mobility.
Greece in USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of New York, tax-exempt ID no. 85-0828531. Contributions to Greece in USA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Greece in USA's launch is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The Day After...
by Lucy Pullen, New York
‘Oh last night I felt
Now I feel like
There is no time for
mirth and laughter
on the cold, grey dawn
of the morning after.’
“I like the present tense, I really do,” Kathy said to Dan. “When you’re making a painting you can stay in the present tense, and not correct, just keep going. It’s great.” I was stung in the face by a honeybee yesterday my god! Such a range of sensation, from the cheekbone to the collarbone, for days on end, and for what? I’m not a bear. There’s traffic in and out of the hive. As I watched, a bee veered off course like a plane going down, making an unforgettable sound. A week later, standing with Tom in the midday sun the same thing happened. The sound came first, like a drunk driver in a cartoon, careening out of the blue. A bee it must be. Where? Tom ran across the lawn slapping his head. There. Right on the nose of the map of his face is a stinger. My ears still ring. As opposed to painting, welding, or drinking, the origins of Beeing remain unclear. Painters find images and stop painting; sculptors think through material; drinkers drink. Wax may flake off a bees thorax, but we don’t really know how bees think. Bright yellow, it smells fantastic; while I’m working with it a bee comes to the window. The next day I see unusual bee traffic, in and out, at the roofline. Correlating distances relative to the sun, sharing information through a series of specific movements, honeybees may have invented collective decision making. Do they think I’m a bee? Like the kid who outwits a menace by retracing footsteps in the snow, willing backwards is a process for redress. The past is not otherwise but the way of thinking about it changes, is otherwise. Like a bee who creates a world between imagination and reality.